If a man is tired of London he is tired of life, Samuel Johnson once wrote. But it was hard to be anything other than excited by this long weekend of London fashion, with designers offering some brilliant ideas.
We caught up with Phair this weekend in London to discuss her plans for the BFC; her take on the future of fashion; how Brexit might impact London designers and British brands; and the BFC’s new plans with Google.
Fashionistas can expect soft feminine looks for their wardrobes next spring, with labels Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Roland Mouret showing plenty of ruffles and lace at their London Fashion Week shows on Sunday.
Marques’ Almeida, the acclaimed winning duo of the 2015 LVMH Prize, will stage its next runway show in Paris this September. It's a coup for Paris, which has attracted a slew of notable international talents of late.
Sales dropped and profits headed downwards fast in the first half for Debenhams, but its international ops were stronger and its revamp strategy is showing early good results, although there's still a lot of work to do.
Call it a bumper London Fashion Week; with some epic shows, brilliant displays of experimental fashion; the debut of great heritage brand and a fond farewell to the most successful British designer of this century.
This is why fashionistas come to London: to see inventive experimental fashion. Which is what the latest show from Preen was; a great eco-warrior collection that was alternatively gutsy, girly and quite often great.
After 10 days of menswear and womenswear shows in New York, February 5-14, the fashion world will be heading to London, February 16-20, for a new round of shows from the likes of Mulberry, JW Anderson and Burberry.
Debenhams profits dropped in the latest year but the big news was around its rebirth plan that includes a new designer signing, in-store gyms, soaring mobile sales, making its Danish chain a Scandi hub and much more.